The second ship of the Project 15B, a guided missile destroyer christened ‘Mormugao’ for Indian Navy, was on Saturday launched in Mumbai. Noting that in last one year the Indian navy has inducted five ships, which includes three warships, Vice Admiral G S Pabby, Controller Warship Production and Acquisition had said earlier that this is the first time the naval forces have built so many ships of a class, – 10 ships of 15, A and B class – and this process has helped in indigenisation.
The navy said it has set a target of 2018 for the first indigenous aircraft carrier (IAC) while the government is seriously considering IAC 2 and it is in planning stage.
Pabby said the navy has the target of having 212 ships in its fleet by 2027 and it will be a “real challenge” and there is a need to work “very hard” for it.
In 2011, the government had sanctioned four 15B ships at the cost of Rs 29,700 crores. The first ship of the project, guided-missile destroyer ‘Visakhapatnam’, was launched on April 20 last year.
During launching ceremony the hull of the ship which is constructed on dry area is floated on water for the first time. It is a milestone event for any vessel.
MDL is also constructing six Scorpene class submarines for the Indian Navy under a transfer of technology from DCNS of France. The first boat in this class, Kalvari, will be commissioned into the fleet soon. The launch of the second boat is slated later this year.
The yard is now ready with the augmented facility created recently for a second line of submarines. For the first time in its history, Mazagon Dock in 2015-16 achieved a value of production (VOP) above Rs 4,000 crore with an operating profit of Rs 218 crore.